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Memorial Day 2014 could be biggest travel weekend in nearly a decade

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(WJLA) - It wasn’t even that hot – yet it was a beach day for dozens at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.

"Today has the breeze and the sun, and you know, it's not too hot, not too cold," said beachgoer Daniell Tinker.

It isn’t too crowded yet either.

"I heard it's going to be bad this weekend -- that's why I came today," said Clay Reynolds.

Because of our long and brutal winter, the desire to be at the beach this Memorial Day Weekend is as great as it’s ever been – and that’s exactly what Ocean City is banking on.

"The weather has been horrendous everywhere," said Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan. "They've been inside, people have been out of school stuck inside, everybody is ready to get out and I think you're gonna see them traveling to the beach."

The weather, coupled with an improving economic climate, will result in what many anticipate to be the biggest Memorial Day Weekend for travel in nearly a decade.

AAA released its forecast for the holiday weekend today on Kent Island, predicting that 900,000 people from the D.C. metro area will travel more than 50 miles – that’s a 1.8-percent increase from last year.

The majority, approximately 90-percent, will be getting behind the wheel.

 "I think the recession for many in the DMV is in the rear-view mirror, there's no talk about recession. And also there's no talk about sequestration or a government shutdown this year," said John Townsend of AAA.

Most local travelers will head to the Eastern Shore, and more than 300,000 cars will cross the Bay Bridge this weekend -- part of the reason that AAA is suggesting you get on the road as early as possible tomorrow.

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